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May
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May
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comment is it OK to lay an engineered wood floor that is 27' long without putting a T-joint in the middle to avoid buckling?
are you sure the installer is going off of manufacturer recommendations and not his own experience? check with the floor manufacturer, they should be able to give you the actual numbers. my laminate floors' installation instructions asked for a joint at 13meters or 40feet. 18feet subjectively looks way too tiny a distance, and many open concept homes nowadays are much longer than that.
May
13
accepted what should i use to wire this bathroom?
May
12
comment what should i use to wire this bathroom?
Thanks a lot, @tester101!
May
12
comment what should i use to wire this bathroom?
Oh, okay. Got it. So I'll end up needing a 20amp circuit that exclusively supplies just this bathroom (GFCI outlet, exhaust fan and lights), and nothing else. This can't go to any other rooms. Can I still use 12/2 up to the GFCI line, and use 14/2 for the load conductors?
May
12
comment what should i use to wire this bathroom?
Will the single 20amp circuit still be needed even if there's only one GFCI receptacle in the bathroom?
May
12
comment Does anyone find any problems with this method of running speaker wire under the carpet?
+1 for the offer of a portable smack.
May
12
asked what should i use to wire this bathroom?
Apr
26
awarded  Revival
Apr
22
comment Can I have an office in my basement without egress?
@Tester101, a basement and sleeping areas both need two means of egress, each. Your stairs and an egress window will suffice for the basement and all its unenclosed habitable spots in their entirety, while each sleeping area can make do with a door and an egress window, which are not the same as those you would use for the basement.
Apr
22
comment Can I have an office in my basement without egress?
@Tester101, yep. As I read it (and as my approved basement permits state), only bedrooms need separate egress options to the outside, other than a door to the inside (which, I'm assuming, is optional). The basement itself also needs an outside egress, of course, in addition to any sleeping area's egress. An office, or a movie room, by itself won't, unless all egress options are taken up by bedrooms, in which case you somehow need to make one.
Apr
22
comment Can I have an office in my basement without egress?
Wait a minute, my understanding (and my city's permitting office's) is that an office doesn't require a second method of egress, unlike a bedroom where you can actually sleep in. Offices are okay with just a door. Even the code you mention above specifically only discusses bedroom egress, and a basement egress. No mention of habitable living space.
Apr
20
comment Why would my AC turn on and off randomly?
Removed remote / thermostat batteries? Won't help if there's an electrical short in the AC unit. Try unplugging it completely, and if it still turns on, there's a deeper problem than electrical connections.
Apr
19
comment Question on toilet mounting; No visible bolts?
I'm sure this is something regional, but what is a "Mickey Mouse install"? A hack job, or something else?
Apr
11
comment Huge Bubble When Toilet Flushes, Why?
A photo would incredibly help in this scenario.
Apr
11
comment What size of screw do I need to fix a 26" tv to a brick wall?
9 kilograms isn't a huge amount by itself, but when you're talking of something that can indiscriminately drop onto passing children, you do want to anchor it correctly. remember, vibrations when walking necessitate strong supports.
Apr
8
accepted What do I use to mount a heavy framed mirror to a stud wall?
Apr
7
answered How is it possible to get an electric shock even with mains power off?
Apr
7
comment How to determine if hardwoods are under cabinets?
@Tester101, not necessarily. We have shoe-molding (admittedly, not quarter round, but the same concept) all around our kitchen and bath cabinets, and kitchen island, all of which have been installed directly on vinyl floors. Shoe molding here is just a design element that breaks up sharp inside corners, period.
Apr
7
comment Flies in the house every spring
your vents should ideally be a mostly closed system, recirculating filtered air within the house. the only opening to the outside should be your fresh-air intakes, which should pass through your furnace filter. this system shouldn't allow any bugs free rein. in all probability, you have other sources of ingress that the bugs use, or they live in your walls and only move out in observable numbers during spring.